posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 01:17 PM
reply to post by purplemer
However you cut it information regarding our psubjective experience in reality appears to be passing down to future generations.
Interesting spelling. I like it.
I don't consider a conditioned (not conditional) response to be a memory because what is being passed on does not involve memory. The mice were
stressed (shocked) and exposed to an odor at the same time. Their bodies produced stress hormones in response, as an autonomic response.
Through epigenetic markers (not actual changes to the DNA), that physical response is passed on. The autonomic response is passed on, not a memory.
The offspring mice do not associate the odor with an electric shock. They do not remember the shock. Their body just kicks in with the fear hormones
when they smell the flower. Sort of like how certain other autonomic responses kick in when a pretty woman walks by.
edit on 2/1/2014 by Phage because: (no reason given)